Crystalline Vase by Tim Scull


Steve Johnson

A Connecticut native, Steve learned to throw pots while living in Washington, D.C. He is drawn to the work of potters influenced by Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach. Steve explores a philosophy that focuses on the use of locally-collected materials in his own body of work.

Steve is an experienced technician in firing the Naboragama wood kiln at CCW and has been the driving force behind experimenting and developing wood ash glazes there. He is known for his wheel-thrown altered forms and is an articulate and detail-oriented instructor.

His experience includes the following:

  • 1999 Student Glen Echo Pottery, Bethesda, MD
  • 2001-2003 Student Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT
  • 2004 Student Canton Clay Works
  • 2005-2006 Assistant, Louise Harter, Wood Fire Artist, Bethany, CT
  • 2006-2007 Intern and Instructor, Canton Clay Works

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Tim Scull

Canton Clay Works Owner and Master Potter

Born, raised, and educated in Connecticut, Tim Scull has actively pursued the ceramic arts for the last 20 years. In 2000, he opened CANTON CLAY WORKS one of New England's premier ceramic facilities. As the owner of his new pottery studio, Tim offers classes for all ages in throwing on the potters wheel, as well as sculpture and handbuilding. His primary interest is in alternative firings which include wood/vapor firing, primitive (raku, saggar, pit) as well as crystalline.

Tim's personal body of work concentrates on ceramic forms fired in a variety of alternative and primitive firing techniques who's origins emerge from tribes and cultures throughout mans history. Tim's work has become quite diversified over the last several years including a multitude of firing techniques as in Raku, Pit firing, Sawdust firing, Saggar firing, Fuming techniques, Crystalline, Wood firings, and Salt/soda firings.

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John Rohlfing

A Canton resident, John Rohlfing is an enthusiastic teacher and artist who believes that it is important to share this enthusiasm with students so they reach their potential and excel in the work they produce. His belief is that teaching with energy and excitement can mean the difference between making learning fun or making it a chore. Making art or just learning about art, can be the vehicle for the student or any adult to build confidence, develop creative thinking, aesthetic awareness and skills. By creating an environment that stimulates the imagination, challenges the mind and encourages the student to explore, he or she will begin to find his or her own way of using art as a means for self expression.

He has taught at Post University for ten years and teaches ceramics, painting, drawing, and photography. Rohlfing was Associate Professor of Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and received his Masters of Fine Art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his Bachelors of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.

His ceramic vessels have been shown both nationally and internationally. Most recently, his work was included in a group exhibition at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and a One Person exhibition at the Arts Space Gallery in Hartford, CT He has been awarded Honorable Mentions twice at the Ceramic Biennial International Competition, World Ceramic Exposition in Korea and an Honorable Mention at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan.

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